India thrashed South Africa by 73 runs in the fifth ODI to secure the series at Port Elizabeth’s St George’s Park on Tuesday. They now lead the six-game rubber 4-1, and with this win they have also officially become the number ODI team in the world, going past South Africa.
India’s first win in six outings in Port Elizabeth also brought about their first bilateral ODI series win in the rainbow nation.
After being put into bat by Aiden Markram, the tourists posted 274/7 thanks largely to Rohit Sharma’s 17th ton (115). The second-wicket 105-run stand between Rohit and Kohli (36 off 54 balls) set the tone for the Indian win after the former and Dhawan (34) had given the visitors a 48-run start.
At one time, the Indians were on course for a 300+total but they lost the plot in the last 10 overs as they scored just 55 runs in that period. That gave South Africa a glimmer of hope.
The hosts got a good start but the Indian bowlers came back into the game and helped the team bowl out…